One of Yorkshire’s most famous players and one of their most youthful met each other at Headingley Carnegie this morning.
Former Yorkshire captain and president Brian Close, now 81, became and remains the youngest player to represent England when he made his Test debut against New Zealand at Old Trafford in 1949 at the age of 18 years and 149 days. All-rounder Brian also went on to captain England and Somerset.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Barney Gibson became the youngest English-born First Class cricketer upon his Yorkshire debut against Durham MCCU at The Racecourse ground on April 27, 2011, at 15 years and 27 days.
Barney, a wicket-keeper/batsman who plays for Bradford League club Pudsey Congs, marked his county debut with a spectacular diving catch to dismiss Durham opener Luc Durandt.